As a Canadian and former resident of Toronto, I want to express my deepest sympathies on this horrific tragedy.
To those who have been affected by this event: you are in the thoughts and prayers of myself and Canadians across this nation. To the law enforcement officers and healthcare professionals who are dealing with the fallout of the attack: you have our gratitude.
While it is difficult to comprehend events like this so soon after the recent Humboldt crash, as Canadians we must rise to the occasion and offer all the support we can to those suffering from this terrible event.
If you are struggling with the mental impact of this tragedy, please reach out to friends, family or a mental health professional.
Liberal MLA David Swann is calling out the NDP Government for their half-measure reform on wildlife rehabilitation that only allows for wildlife rehabilitation of orphaned black bear cubs:
“Sadly, this is yet another example of the NDP doing the bear minimum on environmental and progressive issues.”
Dr. David Swann tabled a petition with over 20 thousand signatures demanding the Minister of Environment and Parks to reassess, update, and complete written protocols for all species on which restrictions on rehabilitation or fostering are placed earlier this month.
That pushed the NDP Government to announce they were lifting the ban on rehabilitating orphan black bear cubs but the government hasn’t extended this to all mammals.
Alberta Liberals David Khan and David Swann have released the following statement in response to today’s announcement from Alberta Justice:
Alberta’s Justice Minister announced the government is introducing more duty counsel services at first appearance bail hearings to reduce court backlogs.
Both Khan and Swann say this will help as a limited step forward - but ultimately this is a grossly inadequate solution.
“We are supportive of the move but it does not address the real issues. The NDP Government lacks a comprehensive strategy to address systemic problems with court wait times.”
Khan stated, “This only addresses first appearances. There is too much self-representation in the courts which slows down trials, clogs up the system and denies disadvantaged Albertans a fair and equitable hearing.
“The Government should be heeding the advice of Criminal Defence Lawyer Association (CDLA) and providing an immediate 40% funding increase for Legal Aid as part of a 65% increase over the next four years. We also need to see income thresholds for support raised. Too many Albertans who need this service aren’t even eligible to receive it.